Indian Motorcycle Dealers: What Might They Offer?

If you are the owner of an Indian motorcycle or you are considering purchasing your first bike from the bike maker you will be looking for Indian Motorcycle dealers. Even if you don’t plan on buying the bike from a dealer and you have chosen to purchase one second hand privately, you will need someone to service the bike and have the security of knowing they supply spare parts. But what can you expect from a dealer and what services do they offer?

New and Used Indian Motorcycles

If you have to purchase your Indian motorcycle you will be happy to know that online dealers will generally offer both new and used motorcycles and this may be a great place to start when looking for a bike. You will typically be able to find and choose from a large range of motorcycles including:

  • The Bagger 2015 Chieftain;
  • The Cruiser 2015 Chief Dark Horse, 2015 Chief Classic or the 2015 Chief Vintage;
  • The 2015 Scout;
  • The Touring 2015 Chief Roadmaster.

Financing Options for New Motorcycles

Some, but not all, dealers may offer you finance solutions for purchasing a brand new motorcycle as generally not that many people can walk into the showroom and pay cash for their new bike. While you could choose to find your own finance option, generally going with the dealer is the easiest and fastest way to complete the purchase and get out on the road on your new bike.

Trade-In Service on Your Old Bike

If you currently own a motorcycle you may want to sell it and put the money towards your new Indian motorcycle. Dealers often allow you to do this through them. You can find out how much they will offer as a trade in towards your new bike and this saves you having to go through the process of advertising and finding a buyer for your old bike.

Parts and Service Department

Good Indian motorcycle dealers should offer a parts and service department. This means that if anything should go wrong with your motorcycle you can book in for repairs and service with the same company you purchased the bike from. They should offer a wide range of spare parts or be able to order parts for your bike and offer a service with trained technicians. You might also want to check whether they offer a warranty.

Test Ride an Indian Motorcycle

Are you indecisive about which motorcycle out of the range of Indian motorcycles you want to buy? If so check to find out if the dealer offers a test ride. Booking a test drive is a great way of finding out if the bike is suitable before making the commitment.

Motorcycle Clubs 101

So You Want To Start A Motorcycle Club Series?

Motorcycle Clubs 101 “Bylaws”

The heart of a well-run motorcycle club can be found in its adherence to its bylaws. So whether you are starting an MC, taking one over or trying to make yours better your first goal should be to establish or strengthening your club’s bylaws.

What is so great About the Bylaws?

Think of the bylaws as being as important to your club as the United States constitution is to our country. The bylaws are the constitution of your motorcycle club. If you have strong bylaws that are coherent, fair and adaptable, and your MC strictly adheres to them-your MC will have discovered a recipe that will set it up to last for 50 years or more with great success! No member will stand above the bylaws and that fact serves to keep everyone honest-thereby keeping the MC eternally strong!

What Sorts of Things are Contained in the Bylaws?

The bylaws are your club’s bible. They document the history and beginnings of your club. They state the mission and the motto of the club. They specify how club members and officers will conduct themselves, chain of command, order of succession, how dues will be paid, how fines will be levied and how much fines should be, how and when elections will be carried out, how prospects (or probies) will be initiated and how punishment will be meted out. Bylaws also specify the powers and responsibilities of club officers, terms of office, financial protocols the club will follow, dates for annuals and other historical functions, as well as the qualifications for club membership and the criteria by which members may be dismissed. The bylaws are in fact the very document that give your MC the authority to exist and operate.

Should your Bylaws be set in Stone?

For the most part your bylaws should be set in stone; however, every set of rules must have the ability to adapt to changing culture, technology, people and times if they are to remain relevant. So your bylaws should be a rigid but flexible document and should be set up so that a two-thirds club majority can amend them during a normal or special vote. This is a key element to having great bylaws.

From Where Should You Obtain Your Bylaws or is it Better to Just Write Them?

When looking for a source for your bylaws you should never just sit down and write them from scratch. There is no need to reinvent the wheel in this case. Consult a motorcycle club that you hold in high esteem and ask them if you can obtain a copy of their bylaws so that you can base your club’s bylaws upon theirs. Oh, by the way, the club you should ask should be thirty years old or older. The reasons for these suggestions are:

  1. It would take you perhaps six months to think of and write everything from scratch, that the bylaws should contain in them.
  2. An older club’s bylaws have been “matured” over time and well-tested. They will contain subjects in them that you may never consider because in the past 30 or more years they have seen basically everything and their bylaws will contain the answers you will need to handle the best and worst case scenarios your club is bound to experience.
  3. Bylaws strong enough to keep a club running for three decades will be strong enough to get any new club started.

We’ve got a Set of Bylaws, Now What?

After you obtain a set of bylaws you should sit with your prospective club members and amend those bylaws until you transform them into bylaws that work for your proposed motorcycle club. Notice that I said proposed motorcycle club. No motorcycle club should form until those bylaws have been written. This way you will have an operations guideline from day one that clearly spells out everyone’s responsibilities, positions and requirements. This will keep you from going down the wrong road before you head down that road.

One More Thing about the Bylaws!

President’s, I get so damned sick of club members coming up with suggestions or asking me things that are clearly stated in the bylaws, don’t you? New Presidents, after you get a good set of bylaws written and adopted insist that your members know them backwards and forwards if you want your jobs to be easier. The best way to do that is to have a reading of a chapter or two of your bylaws at the start of each club meeting. And always, when one of your non-reading club members asks you something silly that has been covered in the bylaws-make them LOOK IT UP instead of telling them the answer! This will make your club member stronger in their bylaws knowledge and that cannot be bad!

Pull-Behind Motorcycle Trailers

If you are a rider and you’ve been used to hauling your gear for long trips on side-bags and inside bunjee-jumped bags hitched to the back of your seat, you might want to rethink the possibilities.

Trailers for motorcycles are coming in all shapes, sizes and colors and they are making it possible for riders to hit the open road with ease.

We’ve all see it: driving behind a motorcycle out on the highway, somewhere between nowheresville and the next gas stop, with large bags hanging from both sides of its back end. Not only does the extra baggage add weight to the motorcycle itself, they also just look plain clunky.

Rethink the travel trailer and imagine a sleek, shiny black egg-shaped trailer that hitches quickly and easily to the back of your motorcycle. Pull-behind motorcycle trailers are making it possible for riders to hit the highway for days at a time, carrying everything from camping gear to work tools and other items behind them, rather than on the back of their seat.

You can virtually tow your luggage or gear behind any Harley, Goldwyng, Can Am Spider or Victory or any motor bike, trike or tricycle. Many pull-behind motorcycle trailers can be customized to match the color of your bike, trike or tricycle and come with accessories, including spare tires, covers, chrome trim and packaging and more.

These beautiful new pull-behind travel trailers for motorcycles are not your old-school side-car looking numbers in any way. They are hitched to your trailer hauler and the back of your bike and come in stunning colors and materials, including fiberglass and aluminum.

Your travel trailer hauler can also come with top racks for extra storage space or designed with platforms for putting other items on, such as ice chests, tool boxes, camping gear, photography equipment and more.

Why are pull behind motorcycle travel trailers and storage units so popular? Simply put, they make the art of road travel by motorcycle fun and convenient. They help take the hassle out of travel altogether because, as is the case with a trailer behind a car, for example, there is no constant un-packing and untying of bags to get to what you need as you make your stops along the way.

With pull-behind motorcycle trailers, you simply pull over and open up your travel hauler to get to what you need, fast and efficiently. Close it up and hit the highway!

There are even travel trailers being manufactured for motorcycles today that have top-rack capability for storing a bicycle! That means you can take you motorcycle out on the road, find a camping spot and then enjoy your other favorite sport: mountain biking or city touring by bike!

Motorcycle pull-behind trailers and storage units are redefining what it means to be a “biker.” There are no special requirements for licensing involved in operating a trailer for your bike, but of course you may want to make sure you practice driving with it, parking and maneuvering before you hit the road. Because they add length to your motorcycle, you want to know how the trailer feels and how much room you need to put it into a parking space, park it curbside and also how to safely make those lane changes on the freeways and highways.

Save the back seat of your wonderful touring bike for a passenger and consider using a trailer for pulling all your gear and food behind your motorcycle instead.